Can the Two Converge?
We all know how fast the blogs are growing. As the numbers increase, we find a diverse range of blogs and therefore, bloggers. We also find that the freedom allowed and encouraged in the internet has given rise to some discomfort among users.
In Malaysia, we have not discussed the need for a code of conduct among internet users (read:bloggers). Should we?
Here, some people have gone directly to the courts to seek redress over alleged defamatory postings in the blogs.
In the United States, a debate is raging about the need to have some etiquette or a form of code (of conduct and ethics) to prevent abuse. This came about after a prominent technology blogger received threats to her life, in her blog.
Fearing for her life, Kathy Sierra decided to quit blogging. Following this, some of her friends and supporters, including two internet luminaries, decided that the time has come for internet users to discuss the issue of blogging etiquette.
Why is it so difficult to make a decision on whether or not to allow crap, vitriol, abuse and all those negative and evil things in our blogs?
If we're not talking about cyberspace, blogosphere and the internet, it would be so easy.
As Technorati founder David Sifry said: "One of the core principles that the internet is built on is the principle of free speech".
Here's a quote from the article:
"A lot of this is really kindergarten ethics. It's the adult way to handle this kind of thing. How do we make distinctions between a vibrant, healthy but rational debate versus hate speech and lunatics? I don't think it's that difficult and I don't think any responsible bloggers are opposed to that." - Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
Read the article here.
Read also this, this and this.